MBBS seats row: Union health minister says will consider issue

During the first counselling of MBBS seats, parents of the aspirants created a lot of ruckus when the MCI announced its decision.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: July 8, 2014 12:10 pm

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan assured Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher on Monday that he would consider the issue of Medical Council of India’s (MCI) decision to slash the number of MBBS seats in the city’s Government Medical College and Hospital by 50%.

The assurance came after Kher met Dr Vardhan with some aggrieved parents and students.

She said the decision had left many parents and students disappointed.

Over 75 candidates from the UT pool (general and scheduled caste) signed the representation presented before the Union Minister.
Opposing the decision, Kher demanded that the reduced number of seats be restored before the second round of counselling is held on July 18.

“GMCH is probably the best medical education institute in north India. While the MCI has allowed an increase in number of seats at private medical colleges, the opposite has been done with the government college,” she said.

Kher said that Dr Vardhan assured her the issue will be considered strongly and sympathetically.

“I am hopeful of a favourable decision,” Kherwent on to say.

Earlier, on June 23, during the first counselling of MBBS seats, parents of the aspirants created a lot of ruckus when the MCI announced its decision.

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